Moving Past the Internet of Things to the Web of Things

Greg Satell of Digital Tonto recently outlined the difference between the Internet of Things and the Web of Things, explaining why he thinks the Web of Things will take over. He writes, "As computer chips became smaller, cheaper and less power hungry, it became possible to incorporate them into just about anything.  In 1999, a young assistant brand manager at Procter and Gamble named Kevin Ashton realized that by implanting RFID chips into products they could revolutionize the supply chain.  The Internet of Things was born."

Satell continues, "Ashton’s insight, which he laid out in this article, was that having humans input data is incredibly clumsy and inefficient.  It’s much better to get information from objects themselves.  With cheap sensors, they know where they are, what happens to them, how much energy they use and they can tell us about it."

He goes on, "However, in a very real sense, the Internet of Things falls short, much like the Internet itself fell short.  While it works well for proprietary systems, it needs an open environment to become ubiquitous.  For it to have maximum impact, consumers need to be able to use it in an easy and seamless way. That’s the essence of the Web of Things."

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